Each day following NFL Draft coverage, we’ll provide a running diary of thoughts and reflections on rounds past while looking ahead to the Minnesota Vikings’ future.
What the heck, Bears?
San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch is a rookie in the business, but he fleeced the Chicago Bears like a savvy veteran last night. Before the mega-trade that sent Mitch Trubisky to Chicago, the 49ers and Bears sat second and third, respectively, on the board.
Here’s the bounty it took Chicago’s front office to swap spots with Lynch and land Trubisky:
- 2017 Pick No. 3
- 2017 Pick No. 67
- 2017 Pick No. 111
- 2018 Third Round Pick
Either the Bears believe Trubisky is the league’s next great quarterback or were duped into believing he was the target of another team looking to trade with San Francisco. If I were a betting man, I’d put my money on the latter. Lynch—like Rick Spielman with Trent Richardson, the Browns, and Matt Kalil in 2012—worked his way out of an advantageous spot and still landed the player he wanted in Solomon Thomas.
The Bears, meanwhile, mortgaged the future of the franchise on a quarterback with very little proven production. That, and they’ve already sunken $45 million into the recently-signed Mike Glennon, leaving many to wonder — “What was Chicago thinking?”
All I know is, if you’re Mike Zimmer’s defense, you’re licking your chops at the chance to go after a rookie quarterback twice a year.